MARYLAND (4-5) vs. No. 21 VIRGINIA (6-2)
Site: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va., 1 p.m.
Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WWRC (980 AM)
Series: Maryland leads 37-19-2
Line: Virginia by 15
Outlook: Maryland will try to rebound from a last-minute loss to North Carolina State, while Virginia wants to avoid the kind of late-season slump it has had in three of the past four years. Last week, the Cavaliers blew a 17-7 lead in a loss to Duke, and since they finish with N.C. State and Virginia Tech, this is their easiest shot at reaching the bowl requirement of six Division I-A wins. Virginia's Mike Groh (93 of 144, 1,152 yards, 12 TDs) and $H Maryland's Scott Milanovich (159 of 230, 1,730, 16) are the top-rated quarterbacks in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He's thrown 148 passes without an interception, but the Cavaliers, who are ranked 19th in the nation in total defense, have an interception in 12 straight games. Maryland is allowing 464.6 yards per game, the fourth-worst total in the nation, and Virginia's tailback combination of Tiki Barber and Kevin Brooks has 956 yards. Maryland WR Geroy Simon (57 catches, 656 yards, four TDs) leads the ACC in catches, and Jermaine Lewis has five TD receptions in the past three games. The Terps' last win over a ranked opponent came in 1990, at Virginia.
TOWSON STATE (6-2) at SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT (5-4)
Site: Jess Dow Field, New Haven, Conn., 1 p.m.
Radio: WITH (1230 AM)
Outlook: The Tigers have won three straight and draw a young but worthy opponent in the Owls, who start only four seniors, yet are averaging 392 yards and 23 points. Southern Connecticut has to solve the passing combination of QB Dan Crowley (2,563 yards, 23 TDs) and WR Mark Orlando (1,193 yards, 11 TDs, 22.5 yards per catch).
MORGAN STATE (2-7) at HOWARD (4-5)
Site: Greene Stadium, Washington, 1 p.m.
Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)
Outlook: The Bears have won both of their games on the road, and they may be catching Howard at the right time. The Bison have lost three straight and could be missing FB Rupert Grant, who sprained an ankle in last week's 41-14 loss to South Carolina State. The Bears' offense has come to life behind QB Michael Moore (693 yards and five TDs in past two weeks) and FB Andre Thomas (5.5 yards per carry).
WEST LIBERTY STATE (6-3) at BOWIE STATE (2-7)
Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie, 1 p.m.
Outlook: The Bulldogs hope to match last year's victory total in their season finale, but they'll have to get rid of the penalties and turnovers that have helped keep the offense to a 9.4-point average.
SALISBURY STATE (2-6) at GUILFORD (7-2)
Site: Armfield Stadium, Greensboro, N.C., 1 p.m.
Radio: WLVW (105.5 FM)
Outlook: The Sea Gulls take on a rejuvenated Guilford team that won only two games last year, then began 1994 with seven consecutive victories. QB Santes Beatty (1,282 yards, 10 TDs), RB David Heggie (1,087 yards) and WR Junior Lord (40 catches) face a Sea Gulls defense that has allowed 32.5 points per game.
METHODIST (5-4) at FROSTBURG STATE (7-1-1)
Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg, 1 p.m.
Radio: WFRB (560 AM)
Outlook: Two weeks ago, the Bobcats were ranked fifth in the nation and headed for a return to the NCAA Division III playoffs. A tie and a loss later, the best they can probably hope for is an invitation to the ECAC playoffs.
WESTERN MARYLAND (5-3) at JOHNS HOPKINS (3-6)
Site: Homewood Field, 1:30 p.m.
Radio: WWLG (1360 AM)
Outlook: This marks the 100th anniversary of the first meeting between these two schools. Hopkins holds a 37-29-4 edge, although Western Maryland maintains it has won 31 games. Western Maryland has its first winning season since 1990 under second-year coach Tim Keating, thanks largely to an outstanding years from QB Brian Van Deusen (2,113 yards, 16 TDs) and WRs Butch Schaffer (eight TDs, 16.7 yards per catch) and Alan Pietkiewicz (638 yards, four TDs). The Hopkins defense is led by DT Jelani Rucker (94 tackles, 4.5 sacks).